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Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution, 0.3 as base was prescribed to my 10 year old this summer for ear infection (possible swimmers ear). Why are there so many contradictory responses regarding this medicine. I know it depends on the type of ea

Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution, 0.3 as base was prescribed to my 10 year old this summer for ear infection (possible swimmers ear). Why are there so many contradictory responses regarding this medicine. I know it depends on the type of ea

Do not use it.: This class of medications is not approved for pediatric patients if safer antibiotics are available. A single oral dose of the fluoroqunalones may disable. Prescribing an ophthalmic preparation for otic (ear) purposes is inappropriate. The best treatment for swimmers ear is acidifying the ear canal to kill off the yeast and restore normal flora, like Domeboro solution, which is OTC. ...Read more

Dr. Marjorie Delo
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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Also known as otitis externa, this is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more


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How to help swimmers ear?

How to help swimmers ear?

Have it cleaned: The best treatment for swimmer's ear, before any medications, is a professional cleaning to remove the infected wax. For prevention, an acidified alcohol solution may be used after swimming. Do not use any home remedies if you may have a perforation. ...Read more

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Is swimmers ear permanent?

Is swimmers ear permanent?

Not permanent: Swimmer's ear describes infection of the external auditory canal. While the infection can be chronic and recurrent, particularly in swimmers and those who tend to get water or moisture in their ear canals, it is not a "permanent" disease. ...Read more

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How can I fix swimmers ear?

Debridement, drops: First thing is removing the debris that accompanies the infection. The next is treating the infection with either antibiotic ear drops, or when there is an intact ear drum, treatment with vinegar/water mixture. ...Read more

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How can I treat swimmers ear?

How can I treat swimmers ear?

Vinegar & alcohol: Use a solution of 1/2 white vinegar, and 1/2 rubbing alcohol. Place 5-10 drops in each ear after swimming, lying on each side for 5-10 minutes. If you feel you have an infection, use the drops 4 times a day. The alcohol dries the ear canal, and the white vinegar maintains a healthy acid/base balance (pH) to prevent infection. ...Read more

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Swimmers ear still blocked 7 days?

Swimmers ear still blocked 7 days?

Swimmer's ear or wax: Swimmer's ear is inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal. It can be treated with drops; it is reasonable to try vinegar drops first before obtaining a prescription drop. If the ear is completely blocked, however, it could be from impacted wax. This can be softened with hydrogen peroxide then flushed out with warm water. If neither treatment works, see your doctor! ...Read more

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How to tell if I have swimmers ear?

How to tell if I have swimmers ear?

Swimmers ear: If you have a smelly discharge from your ear, it may and I emphasize it may indicate swimmers ear. Also if gently tug on the pinnacle of the ear and you elicit pain it's a good bet that you have swimmers ear. ...Read more

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How to stop the pain of swimmers ear?

How to stop the pain of swimmers ear?

Steroids: Once the ear gets inflammed a topical steroid and antibiotic combination will help to make you feel better fast. See your physician to get treated. To prevent this in the future you can use a 1:1 mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar and put that in your ear after swimming and bathing. ...Read more

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What do I do to help my swimmers ear?

What do I do to help my swimmers ear?

Remove ear wax: You can get an over-the-counter ear wax remover that will due wonders on swimmers ear because swimmers ear is just earwax that has expanded from moisture and may sometimes be associated with bacterial overgrowth behind the waxy plug. Once removed it brings great relief. ...Read more

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What can be done to cure my swimmers ear?

What can be done to cure my swimmers ear?

Debridement: The infected stuff should be cleaned out by an ent. Antibiotic drops are also needed. You can facilitate this on your own with irrigation of your ear with vinegar/water if your ear drum is intact. ...Read more

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Swimmers ear home remedies to relieve pain?

Swimmers ear home remedies to relieve pain?

Ibuprofen: If you have swimmer's ear that is an infection of the ear canal and is going to require antibiotic treatment. In the meantime take ibuprofen for pain. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for swimmers ear?

Are there any home remedies for swimmers ear?

Yes: Although acute swimmers ear may need antibiotic drops, it may be prevented by making sure ears are kept dry, isopropyl alcohol drops after water contamination, and several drops white table vinegar each ear at bedtime to maintain acid level in ear canal which helps prevent infection. Must make sure no hole in ear drum. ...Read more

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What's a way to ease the pain of swimmers ear?

What's a way to ease the pain of swimmers ear?

Try alcohol drops: Sold otc to dry out water in the ear. If this doesn't help you may need to see a doctor for possible treatment with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is swimmers ear and how can it be treated?

Swimmers ear: Usually seen in the younger age. Usually due to swimming in dirty water. Its an infection of the outer ear canal. Treatment is to use antibiotics. If its a fungal infection then anti-fungals. ...Read more

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What are ways to keep from getting swimmers ear?

What are ways to keep from getting swimmers ear?

The unavoidable: Generally swimmer's ear can occur in people who clean their ears too frequently with q-tips, swimming in unsanitary water but can also happen for reasons that we don't always understand. Keep your ears dry after swimming, watch for alerts of high bacterial counts in the water, protect your ears from irritants like hairsprays or hair dyes, avoid cleaning eras with hard objects to prevent scratches. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies to treat swimmers ear?

Are there any home remedies to treat swimmers ear?

Otitis externa: Avoid any further trauma to the ear
do not attempt to remove visible debris or drainage from the ear
stop swimming or exposure to water until the condition improves
apply heat to the ear to control the pain at home
try a over-the-counter pain medicines such as Aspirin Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen
nonprescription ear drops are not usually strong enough to cure the problem.
Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to make swimmers ear go away?

Debridement: You need to have the infected debris from your ear canal removed and have antibiotics to treat the infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about auro-dri for swimmers ear?

It helps: The product works to dry the water stuck in your ear canal after swimming. You can make your own. Just mix isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and white vinegar 50:50. Put 2-3 drops in the wRs after swimming. ...Read more

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How long does it take for swimmers ear to go away with medication?

How long does it take for swimmers ear to go away with medication?

Otitis Externa: Ear drops are needed for 7 days provided they are put properly, pulling the ear, holding the drops in for 20 minutes and tilting head properly on opposite side. At the most it should take 2 weeks after which it should be reevaluated.
Any worsening of symptoms during that time should be immediately reevaluated, since complication are common esp in diabetics. ...Read more

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Vigamox for swimmers ear?

Vigamox for swimmers ear?

Not a good choice: It is not a good choice as it is expensive, comes in 3ml bottle and cost about 80 to 100 dollars. There are better and cheaper choices for treating swimmers ears. Talk to your doctors. ...Read more

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Is swimmers ear contagious?

Is swimmers ear contagious?

No, it comes-: -from contaminated water or the chemicals in pools. Not spread person2 person. ...Read more

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What are good decongestants for swimmers ear?

What are good decongestants for swimmers ear?

Not much: Swimmers war causes swelling in the ear canal so decongestants won't help. You need an antibiotic ear drop. Sometimes we use ear drops with steroids to help with the swelling. ...Read more

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Whst is the treatment for swimmers ear?

Whst is the treatment for swimmers ear?

Drying and antibioti: Swimmer's ear is usually a topical infection inthe ear canal. Not the ear drum. Dry the fluid and put in antibiotic drops. ...Read more

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Vigamox for kids swimmers ear?

Vigamox for kids swimmers ear?

No: This medication is designed, tested and approved for treatment of eye disease. ...Read more

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Swimmers ear or teething, how can I tell?

Swimmers ear or teething, how can I tell?

The ear will hurt: Swimmer's ear is an external otitis the ear itself is sensitive to the touch. Teething pain can refer to the ear, but the ear won't be sensitive. ...Read more

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I tried swimmers ear drops? Where do I get them?

I tried swimmers ear drops? Where do I get them?

Alcohol and vinegar: Alcohol and vinegar in equal parts is the classic recipe from lakeside summer camps. The alcohol disinfects the ear, displaces the water, and evaporates quickly at body temperature. The vinegar restores the normal acidic pH of the skin and prevent fungal growth. Do not use any over the counter drops if you may have a perforated eardrum or a tube in the ear. ...Read more

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What is the medical terminology for swimmers ear?

What is the medical terminology for swimmers ear?

Otitis Externa: The medical term is otitis externa caused by an accumulation of ear wax in the canal. You can get an over-the-counter ear wax remover that will due wonders on swimmers ear because swimmers ear is just earwax that has expanded from moisture and may sometimes be associated with bacterial overgrowth behind the waxy plug. Once removed it brings great relief. ...Read more

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Why does your ear pop when you have swimmers ear?

Why does your ear pop when you have swimmers ear?

Ear popping: Occurs when there is a change in the air pressure on one side of ear drum. The ear drum (tympanic membrane) is a thin flexible membrane, and changes in pressure on either side can cause it to move abruptly causing the "pop" you experience. Swimmer's ear causes swelling in the ear canal which affects the air pressure on the outside of the ear drum. ...Read more

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How long until my hearing comes back after swimmers ear?

7-10 days: The hearing is decreased because of the swelling in the ear canal. Once the infection starts clearing the swelling goes down and your hearing improves ...Read more

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What would cause my son's ear to bleed slightly after having swimmers ear?

What would cause my son's ear to bleed slightly after having swimmers ear?

Inflammation: Is the cause of swimmers ear. The skin gets wet and boggy and inflamed and it could bleed from that or if he picks it at all it could bleed. If he had a middle ear infection as well and the eardrum perforated it could bleed. None of these are terrible problems. If you are concerned it is always a good idea to have it checked out. ...Read more

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Have to take eardrops for swimmers ear the ear drops take a long time to go down?

Have to take eardrops for swimmers ear the ear drops take a long time to go down?

May need a wick: If your ear is not feeling better and you are having trouble getting the drops in properly, you may need one or both of the following:
1. There may be a lot of debris (moist dead skin cells, fungus, etc) that needs to be cleaned out of the ear canal (typically by an ENT).
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2. You may need a wick: a small sponge placed in the ear canal to absorb drops and "wick" them deep where they need to go. ...Read more

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When you have a swimmers ear, can you put your headphones? Would it hurt your ear?

Avoid ear plugs: Until the swimmers ear is cleared up, avoid putting anything in the ear canal ...Read more

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I have swimmers ear and have to take ear drops for 5 days but u can't swim for 7 days why can't I swim after 5?

I have swimmers ear and have to take ear drops for 5 days but u can't swim for 7 days why can't I swim after 5?

Stay dry: If you return to swimming too early can prolong the infection. So we don't recommend it. If you absolutely need to get back in the water, check with your MD to see if wearing ear plugs is a good alternative for your specific case ...Read more

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Had swimmers ear last month, have again. Ciprodex $50. Have a lot left from last time - bottle never touched ear. Not expired. Safe to use?

Had swimmers ear last month, have again. Ciprodex $50. Have a lot left from last time - bottle never touched ear. Not expired. Safe to use?

Yes except....: I've treated a lot of people for middle ear infections that thought they had swimmers ear. If you have enough drops left for full course then you can try it but don't under treat. Keep ears dry during showers and no swimming until it clears up. If not improving in 2-3 days see your doctor to confirm diagnosis. And possible ear culture. If in doubt of diagnosis, see doc first before treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know my medication is working and that my pain is a normal occurrence with this type of medication? I have "swimmers ear" and what started out as a mild discomfort when first diagnosed, has turned into severe pain affecting my entire ear, along w

Yes,: Yes, sometimes it takes a few days before an antibiotic helps. If it is not improving after a couple of days, you may have to go back. It is important to get the pus and debris out of the ear to let the medications get down where the infection is. The ear drops can also sting for the first few days of use. If you have diabetes or other problem that causes low immune system, this infection will have to be followed very closely to make sure complications do not arise--rare but possible. ...Read more